First Thursday Fayetteville to return May 2

First Thursday Fayetteville

The weather is getting warmer. The trees are getting greener. The tulips are showing off around the square.

Around here, that means it’s almost time for First Thursday Fayetteville, the series of outdoor festivals on the downtown square.

Experience Fayetteville, who organizes the event, this week announced the series is set to kick off on Thursday, May 2.

The first event of the season will have an “Elemental” theme, with different ways to explore the elements of fire, earth, water, and air, officials said. The May event will include music by Shannon Wurst, March to August, and 1 oz Jig, along with a slow role bike ride, a mobile aquarium, aerial and fire artists from Ozark Cirque, a puppet parade, and more.

Themes for future events are listed below.

First Thursday Fayetteville is free to attend and open to the public.

For more information or to get involved as a vendor or sponsor at the event, visit

First Thursday Fayetteville 2024 schedule

May 2 – Elemental: An exploration of the elements of fire, earth, water, and air

June 6 – Avant Garden: A celebration of all things green and blooming, where art meets nature with innovative art, music, and fashion.  

Aug. 1 – Game On: Games of all shapes and sizes, where everyone can play.

Sept. 5 – Dog Daze: Pretty up your pooch for the return of the dog pageant and tons more fun for you and your best friend. 

Oct. 3 – Technicolor: The square will shine in full spectrum with dreamy lighting and activations inspired by the cinema.

* Note that there will be no First Thursday on July 4.